Too Much Screen Time? Four Ways Summer Camp Can Help

Children between eight and ten years old currently spend nearly eight hours a day on media. Adolescents average nearly eleven hours per day, seven days a week, on screens. The negative impact of this digital lifestyle is evident in kids’ expanding waistlines as well as their growing lack of interest in being outdoors. Now there’s an additional worry about the impact of our kids’ excessive screen use: anxiety.

Want an Independent, Confident, Resilient Kid? Camp Can Help!

While it’s easy to think of ways to teach our kids to do laundry or solve math problems, finding a way to instill important character traits isn’t as simple.

5 Tips for Surviving Your Child’s First Overnight Camp Experience

Your child’s at summer camp?

That’s so exciting!

And hard.

For some of you, an internal “WA HOO!” went off as the bus filled with excited campers and their duffle bags pulled away. But for others, this whole experience of your child not being home is really hard and causes some emotional distress.

5 Reasons Not to Worry While Your Kids Are at Camp

Worrying when our kids are away from us is normal for parents. Every time I’ve ever dropped my kids off for a new adventure without me, I’m excited for them. But I’m also concerned about their safety, secretly wishing they would just stay home, then counting the days until they return. I know it’s not rational (few things about parenting are), but I believe my kids are always safest when they’re home with me.

Three Ways to Create Loyal, Lifelong Customers by Improving Communication with Parents

Camp programs often excel at providing campers with positive, meaningful, and growth-filled camp experiences, but some fall short when it comes to providing parents with an equally positive experience. Even if your campers’ parents never step foot on your camp’s property, you can exceed their expectations and grow their loyalty to your program through your communication, education, and marketing plans and procedures. In this webinar, Audrey Monke shares actionable, proven strategies to take the experience you provide parents from good (or not so good) to great!

Findings from Phase 1 of the 5-Year Research Project

ACA Director of Research Dr. Laurie Browne shares the emerging themes from Phase 1 of the Five Year Impact Study.  These preliminary findings point to the numerous ways camp prepares children for college, career, and beyond.
 

How Kids with Autism Can Have a Successful Camp Experience

In honor of #AutismAwarenessMonth, Addie Angelov, PhD, and Pamela Wright, EdD, discuss how to set up a successful camp experience for children with autism.

What Greater Gift Than the Gift of Camp

Let me introduce myself. My name is Harriet Lowe and I’ve worked for the American Camp Association (ACA) for almost 16 years—first as the director of communications and now in a part-time role as editor of Camping Magazine, ACA’s official bi-monthly magazine. I have seen the value of the camp experience firsthand.

The Noticeable Impact of Camp on Kids

Hi parents!  My name is Deidre Pettinga and I’m the Chief Marketing Officer for the American Camp Association (ACA).  In this role, I work with our communications, business development, and membership teams to support the mission of ACA to enrich the lives of children, youth, and adults through the camp experience.  But I am also a wife and mother to two boys, one in high school and one in college.

Choosing a Camp: Don’t Forget the Data!

Hello camp parents! My name is Laurie, and I recently joined ACA as the Director of Research. In this role, I facilitate Research 360, which is ACA’s new strategic focus on research and evaluation.

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